with Eating Disorders
Sally Field, 45, began her three-year bout with bulimia at 20, spurred, she has said, by the perception that ''everybody then was Twiggy, except me. Field has faced eating disorders that, during her days as TV's Flying Nun in the '60s, caused the 5'2'' actress, who normally weighs 100 pounds, to binge on candy and balloon 20 pounds. Career-wise, she once had to struggle to move beyond the spunky, white-bread image she earned in her earliest TV roles as Gidget and the famously soaring Sister Bertrille.
Model and actress Sandra Dee struggled with an eating disorder and had a drinking problem for decades. "I was anorexic for many, many years -- even before people knew what it was .They didn't even have a name for it back then." Those dramatic words come from former teen queen Sandra Dee, now 56, who says she's finally won her nightmarish battle against depression, booze and anorexia. But brave Sandy gets up at 5 a.m. every day to work out at her neighborhood gym -- to combat the years of abuse that have taken their toll. And she still worries that the slightest illness could land her in the hospital. She undergoes a blood test once a month to check for any imbalances. "I am always under a doctor's care," she told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. "Once a month I go in for blood tests. I know I've abused my body by not eating and going to extremes.
'Reba' actress Scarlett Pomers spoke openly about her battle with anorexia and road to recovery on the Tyra Banks Show in February 2006. She didn't speak about her weight and didn't reveal any methods of her weight loss because she doesn't want other sufferers to use them as diet tips. Now, Scarlet is a spokesperson for The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and has established her Arch-Angels Fund within the National Eating Disorders Association to raise awareness and funds for eating disorders advocacy, education and treatment.
Shane Sellers, winner of more than 4,000 horse races and more than $130 million in purses. He did everything that anorectics and bulimics do, on a daily basis, but framed as an iron professional discipline, not as a neurosis. His essay is a revealing look into the brutal world of the jockey’s locker room, where there’s a basin alongside the toilets for “heaving,” and a sweat box for “pulling” pounds of water out of the body in order to make riding weight. It is a system that promotes bulimia, and it kills people. After rising to the top of this regime, Sellers became an outspoken reformer, advocating (and sometimes winning) changes in track rules to protect jockeys’ health.
Married to Ozzy Osbourne, she has survived deadly colon cancer in the past, has confessed she has been suffering from bulimia for 35 years and she is still struggling. "I've been able to conquer just about everything except bulimia." Sharon had gastric bypass surgery but still battles with her eating disorder. She tells of some experiences, "We'll be at the dinner table, and I'll go off and they'll say: 'Oh here we go again.' They hate it. "I've tried to stop it. I thought when I got my stomach done, it would 'cure' it. It hasn't. It just means I can't eat as much. I still binge. "If I'm under stress, I hit the biscuits and the crisps and the bread. I cram it in - eat, eat, eat - until I physically can't get any more into my body. The food is piled up to my throat. Then I have to go and be sick. I don't even have to make myself sick. It's automatic." She is defensive. There is a passionate outburst about how "half the women on this bloody planet" have eating disorders, "but nobody bloody talks about it". Sharon's children have pleaded with her to get help. But she hasn't consulted a single doctor. "I've promised Jack I will get help, and I will. In the New Year. I'm not one for counseling and all that - I usually end up telling them what is wrong with them - but I have to do something I know. "I will, when I have time. I just haven't had time, what with the show, and everything. . .' She trails off, all excuses spent.
Stephanie Pratt, former star of MTV's "The Hills," came clean in a 2009 US Weekly interview about her battle with bulimia.
Stephanie says that appearing alongside the ultra-thin Lauren Conrad, Audrina Partridge and Heidi Montag prompted her to binge and purge.
"The producers never put pressure on us to lose weight," Stephanie told US Weekly, "It's embarrassing working with skinny girls."
Stephanie also admitted to attempting suicide.
Actress Susan Dey battled anorexia and bulimia. Susan was so underweight and malnourished she stopped having menstrual periods and her fingers turned orange from eating almost nothing but carrots. While participating in The Partridge Family, striving to be as thin as possible, Dey developed an eating disorder, a form of orthorexia nervosa. While suffering from this disorder, she would only eat carrots. She denied having a problem until one day at a cast party at the beach. Co-star Danny Bonaduce exclaimed, "What's wrong with you?! Your skin is orange!" After this incident, and a struggle, Dey overcame her disorder and regained her normal health (and skin tone).
Poet and author Syliva Plath struggled with an eating disorder and depression. On February 11, 1963, Sylvia Plath killed herself with cooking gas at the age of 30. Two years later Ariel, a collection of some of her last poems, was published; this was followed by Crossing the Water and Winter Trees in 1971. In 1981, The Collected Poems appeared, edited by Ted Hughes, for which she was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize.